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New Jersey’s Transportation Department is testing out the idea of training dogs like humans.
The Department of Transportation said Thursday it is looking to expand the use of training collards, collars with a small camera and other technology to help with safety inspections and other traffic enforcement activities.
It also is testing an app that would let riders and drivers use the technology to monitor traffic and other conditions to ensure they are obeying the law.
The department is working with the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and its dog training group to test the app, according to a news release.
The idea is to provide a way for people to get up close and personal with dogs who are not trained to be aggressive, said Chris McKeown, a transportation department spokesman.
“We want to ensure that the dogs that are there are trained to perform their duties as efficiently as possible,” McKeun said.
“This could be an exciting area for us to explore.”
The agency said it is also working with a training group called the New Jersey Coalition for Animal Welfare to determine how the technology can be used to improve safety.
“Safety is our number one priority, and we are committed to working collaboratively with stakeholders to find solutions to our traffic safety challenges,” McGovern said in the news release announcing the testing.
The test will begin in New Jersey City this fall.
It will test a dog training device called the Safety Patrol Collar.
The device has sensors that can be positioned at various angles to track a dog’s movement.
The sensors track a collared dog’s body position and body language and can then be used by the driver or a passerby to determine if the dog is a threat.
If a dog is identified as a threat, the dog’s handler can quickly alert the driver.
It can also alert the person riding in the vehicle.
The collars are a “small, handheld device” that has a small lens and camera that can capture video of the dog, according the release.
A similar device called a Collared Dog Monitor, is similar to the Safety Collar but it also has a smaller camera and sensor that can track the dog.
The devices are designed to be worn by law enforcement officers and law enforcement employees, the release said.
The device, which costs $200, has already been used by law enforcers to help them make arrests.
It also can be worn on a collar by anyone who sees a dog that is not trained.
It is not currently being used in New York, where the department said in December it is testing the technology.
New Jersey has been in the spotlight recently for its high-speed rail accident in July.
In the crash, a train struck and killed a dog and two people, and the dog was euthanized.
In October, the New York State Police arrested a man in the area of a train accident that injured four people and injured two dogs.
A dog has since been euthanased.
In New Jersey, there are more than 2,000 dog owners, according a 2013 study from the nonprofit research group The Humane Society of the United States.
About a third of those owners are registered with the New Yorkers for Responsible Dog Training, which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
The group, which has received $3.5 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Justice, trains dogs on issues including how to communicate with people and avoid aggressive dogs.